Lee Brice performs at Citadel Country Spirit USA in 2019.

Citadel Country Spirit USA, scheduled Aug. 28 to Aug. 30 at Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds in Chester County’s Brandywine Valley, is postponed until next year. The third annual Citadel Country Spirit USA festival will now take place Aug. 27 to 29, 2021 at the same location.

“We were hopeful the COVID-19 situation would improve significantly and rules would be relaxed enough for us to stage a spectacular event in August,” Alan Jacoby, executive producer of Impact Entertainment, said. “Unfortunately, the governor’s proclamation as well as health and safety circumstances beyond our control are prohibiting mass gatherings this summer.

“Our festivals are not social-distancing-oriented events. They are thousands and thousands of like-minded country music fans coming together for a big celebration. While disappointing for this year, we’re committed to producing a phenomenal fest in 2021.”

“The safety of our community is a top priority right now, and although we’re sad to not celebrate with everyone this year, we know it’s for the best given the circumstances,” said Jeff March, president and CEO, Citadel. “Everyone at Citadel is looking forward to a blast of an event in 2021!”

Heralded as a Great American Festival Experience, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young and Brantley Gilbert were the headliners scheduled to perform in 2020. For the past two years, Citadel Country Spirit USA has featured more than 20 country music acts on two stages.

Hosted by the Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau (CVB), approximately 20,000 fans from across the country attended the festival in August 2019.

“Of course, our utmost concern is for the safety of our community, festival attendees and staff,” Susan Hamley, executive director of the CVB, said. “It’s wonderful to know that the festival is returning in 2021. There is certainly demand and will be even more so when we can all come together for the excitement, merriment, and uplifting energy of Citadel Country Spirit USA.

“We will be ready to welcome back this much-loved festival and those visiting Chester County for a
full-on weekend experience of live country music performances and everything else this destination has to offer.”

Previously purchased three-day passes, single-day tickets and parking upgrades will be honored for the 2021 dates. Refund options are also available. Each year, Citadel Country Spirit USA raises funds to support Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. As this year is postponed, donations are being accepted at

Festival sponsors include Citadel, Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau, the Tri-State GMC Dealers, Valley Forge Casino Resort, Samuel Adams, Twisted Tea, Truly Hard Seltzer, Stoltzfus RV’s and Marine, Geico, Main Line Animal Rescue/Pennsylvania SPCA, Sterling Pig Brewery and Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show. Media partner is XTU Philadelphia’s Country Music Station.

It is with heavy hearts that Impact Entertainment, the producers of Citadel Country Spirit USA, must share that the festival scheduled for August 2022 has been canceled.

This decision was not made lightly, but we feel it is the right choice. As a small, family-owned business that specializes in creating high-quality live events/mass gatherings, we fought simply to survive the pandemic and are unable to challenge the largest name in our industry who has chosen to host a new festival in the market on our scheduled dates. With a smaller pool of available talent to choose from due to the increased competition, we do not feel that we can meet or exceed the expectations we set for ourselves, nor those you have come to expect from this project. To those who purchased a ticket during our Early Bird pre-sale, please note that you will automatically receive a FULL REFUND to the card used to make your purchase within 14 days of this announcement.

Before we continue, we would like to take a moment to thank our sponsors, Citadel Credit Union, the Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau, the Tri-State GMC Dealers, Boston Beer Company, Main Line Animal Rescue / PASPCA, The Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show, and those on our staff, crew, and family who have given of themselves time & time again to create a show worth attending. This is, of course, in addition to the local municipalities, community members, and public safety teams who all came together to create something spectacular. Together, we have raised over $150,000.00 for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), driven over $3 million in additional revenue to the local economy & tourism industry each year, and entertained tens of thousands of fans – all feats we are incredibly proud of.

Finally, to our fans: we truly could not have made it this far without you. It has been an amazing experience hosting so many of you over the years. Our team has made so many memories throughout the creation of this project, and we sincerely hope you were able to do the same.

We at Impact Entertainment are especially grateful to those who purchased a ticket during our Early Bird pre-sale. We know how much faith it takes to purchase early and understand that this news may come as a shock to many. While outside forces may have caused us to reevaluate the viability of this project and change our course, one thing we will never waver on is the fact that our fans are our number one priority. Should you have any issues securing your refund within the next two weeks, please contact the festival directly via our social media channels which will be monitored until every customer has been taken care of. To reiterate, you will automatically receive your refund to the card used to make your purchase; NO ACTION IS NEEDED FROM YOU AT THIS POINT.

Again, we want to thank you all for your support and understanding throughout this process.

All the best,
Impact Entertainment, Sports & Event Marketing LLC

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